The University of Fort Lauderdale CARES Act

The University of Fort Lauderdale (UFTL)

understands that many of our students are struggling financially due to the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our communities.

For this reason, UFTL has

established a COVID-19 Emergency Aid Grant, funded by the recently passed CARE’s Act to assist students by providing necessary aid for individuals who are in financial need due to the coronavirus and who meet the qualifications for this grant. 

Students interested in

applying should complete the application using the link below.  The grant can be used to help students with food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare. 

After reviewing your request,

we will send an email to confirm if you are eligible for financial assistance.  If you are eligible, your grant will be processed and disbursed to you as soon as possible.  Disbursements make take 10 – 14 days.  UFTL is committed to helping our students through this pandemic to achieve their academic goals.





  • As required by the Department of Education, this document outlines how the federal funds received to assist us in responding to COVID-19 were allocated.


This document provides the necessary documentation to comply with Section 18004(e) of the Corona Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020).

  1. On July 16, 2020, University of Fort Lauderdale signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement document under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”); this relief funding is for eligible students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic.
  2. University of Fort Lauderdale was eligible to receive $30,672.00 for the 50% Student Share portion of the CARES Act Emergency Grant and we have received the full $30,672.
  3. As of July 21, 2020, we have approximately 29 students eligible (and/or possibly eligible) under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  4. Students must meet federal financial aid eligibility requirements in order to receive CARES Act/HEERF funding.

Reasons for HEERF Eligibility:

  • Prior to pandemic, student was not enrolled in an exclusively online program
  • Title IV eligible (filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA and no outstanding C code issues)
  • Student was enrolled/completed the Spring 2020 semester

Reasons for HEERF Ineligibility:

  • Student has not filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA form, so Title IV eligibility is unknown
  • Student is a Non-Degree Seeking or Audit student
  • Student is not a US Citizen
  • Student was enrolled in an exclusively online program prior to the pandemic
  • Student was not enrolled during the Spring 2020 semester

Next Steps:

  • If you are an eligible student, please click on APPLICATION and complete all parts and submit. We cannot apply these funds directly to your account to reduce any unpaid balances.
  • If you are ineligible only because you have not filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA, you MUST have a completed 2019-2020 FAFSA form with NO outstanding C code issues (i.e. Selective Service registration, SSN mismatch, etc) by 5 pm, Tuesday, August 4, 2020. Reminder, our school code is 04156300. If you have questions, please contact KerryAnn Connell at
  • Once approved student will be contacted for disbursement of funds. Disbursements make take 10 – 14 days.

These CARES grant funds are considered nontaxable income-